Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Pat Benatar Portrait


Inspired by the Legends of Rock competition on Sketchclub, I tried to find an artist that hadn’t been done yet. I was deciding between Ozzy Osbourne, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, and Steve Tyler originally. Even though at the time of this post some of these hadn’t been done yet, I guess my inner feminist was like, ” Hey! There were some pretty badass chicks back in the 80s you can pay homage to!”

Instinctively, I just went with Pat Benatar because I love “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”. I played that song on repeat almost the whole 5-6 hours it took me to paint this portrait of her (used a Google image of her as a reference).


Because I knew I wanted to record my sketch this time, it made complete sense to then use this hit song of hers as background music. It didn’t even occur to me that this was my first relatively successful portrait attempt either. It’s a pretty close enough resemblance, though her eyelids could have been a bit heavier. Still I’m pleased with my color choices (the 80s was such a wonderfully colorful time!) and the overall look of this. Even if this wasn’t Pat Benatar, it definitely screams “80s”.

Here’s the speedpainting video:




2 responses »

    • Yeah I always liked her! When I was painting her, I was livestreaming, and everyone that stopped by to see what I was doing kept asking if it was Joan Jett…They don’t look at all the same!!

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